Chasing 133, Rohit Sharma was given a life when he was dropped at short fine leg by Michael van Lingen in the first over which also went for a boundary.
He then attacked David Wiese for a four and a six in the second over before taking 9 runs off Trumpelmann in the third. Sharma smacked a pair of four and a maximum to Bernard Scholtz while KL Rahul launched Wiese for a hit over the rope as India ended the powerplay at 54/0.
Runs continued to flow quickly from both ends and Rohit raised his fifty off 31 balls. Rahul slammed Jan Frylinck for a four and six but the pacer dismissed Rohit to give Namibia their first breakthrough.
Suryakumar Yadav started off with a lofted cover drive boundary off Loftie-Eaton. Rahul, who brought up his fifty off 35 balls, and Suryakumar teed off with a series of fours to take India home in the 16th over.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Namibia got a solid start from openers Stephan Baard and Michael van Lingen racing to 31 runs in 4 overs. Lingen stroked Bumrah for a couple of fours before Baard thumped Shami for a maximum.
But, India came back strongly with a flurry of wickets after that. Bumrah drew first blood in the fifth over with Lingen mistiming his pull to mid-off; Craig Williams was stumped for a duck in the sixth over as he missed a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja after dancing down the track. Post the powerplay, Jadeja accounted for Baard’s wicket while R Ashwin sent back Loftie-Eaton leaving Namibia reeling at 47/4.
David Wiese held onto one end but lost partners at the other. Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus was dismissed by Ashwin, and so was Zane Green. In between those two dismissals, Jadeja struck with JJ Smit’s wicket. Rahul Chahar, though, gave 13 runs in his last over, giving Namibia some breathing space.
Bumrah foxed Wiese for 26 off 25 balls with a slower delivery. However, Shami was expensive in the death, conceding 12 in the 18th over and 13 in the 20th over as Namibia posted 132.
T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Bow Out With A 9-Wicket Win Over Namibia
Our campaign may have ended here, but not the support of a billion fans. Life has its ups & downs and so do sports. Let's regroup and focus on the new season ahead.
My best wishes with the boys for many more sweet moments in the time ahead. #TeamIndia 💙
— DK (@DineshKarthik) November 8, 2021
India finish with a flourish in Virat's final game as T20 skipper. Fitting farewell for outgoing coaching trio of Ravi Shastri, B Arun and R Sridhar. Their contribution in redefining the culture of Indian cricket is invaluable, congratulations on a job well done! #T20WorldCup
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 8, 2021
The end of an era.
— cricketingview (@cricketingview) November 8, 2021
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) November 8, 2021
Players with hat-trick scores of fifty or more in T20 World Cups
2010 – Mahela Jayawardene
2016-21 – Virat Kohli
2021 – KL Rahul
— 1 in 100 (@NipBackers) November 8, 2021
He might not have won an ICC Trophy, but it just sucks that Virat Kohli didn't bat a single ball in his last match as India's T20I captain.
— Prasen Moudgal (@Prasen_m4299) November 8, 2021
End of a disastrous tournament for india… except Bumrah everyone failed!!
— JSK (@imjsk27) November 8, 2021
Virat Kohli as T20i captain:
Runs – 1570.
Average – 47.58.
Matches – 50.
Wins – 32.
Loss – 16.
– It's a start of the new beginning for Virat the batsman in T20is, hope he dominates as a batsman now.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 8, 2021
Indian cricket fans deciding who to support in semifinals pic.twitter.com/7JtrdVlJAR
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 8, 2021
Virat Kohli as a captain in T20I:
Matches – 50
Win – 32
Lose – 16
– Only Asian captain to win T20 series in SENA.
Thank you, Captain Kohli in T20. pic.twitter.com/rpXPnXkX5K
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 8, 2021
Hugs, handshakes all around. End of the Ravi Shastri era. pic.twitter.com/Qv28UgjALf
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) November 8, 2021
Most runs for India in Men’s T20 World Cup:
847 : Rohit Sharma*
845 : Virat Kohli
593 : Yuvraj Singh#INDvNAM
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 8, 2021
Ravi Jadeja said "I enjoyed the captaincy of Virat Kohli, he is aggressive, positive and whole management did a great job with Ravi Bhai, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar".
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 8, 2021
Handsome win for India, third in succession, but all unfortunately coming after place in semi final had been more or less lost. All told, very disappointing performance – worst after first round dismissal from 2007 ODI World Cup. Loads of lessons to be learnt from this setback
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 8, 2021